An unidentified drone flew dangerously close the flightpath at Vancouver’s international airport on Monday, prompting a search by police.
The drone was flying over a runway when someone at air traffic control spotted it, according to local reports.
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The Royal Canadian Mounted Police searched the area, setting up road blocks, but were unable to find the pilot of the drone. The police said they might press charges for mischief and criminal negligence, if they do.
“It puts people in danger and puts them at risk, puts the community at risk,” RCMP Sgt. Cam Kowalski said, according to CBC. “It’s incredibly dangerous and incredibly stupid, so we will investigate this every way that we possibly can.” “It’s incredibly dangerous and incredibly stupid, so we will investigate this every way that we possibly can.”
This is the second time in less than a year that a drone has flown close to Vancouver’s airport. Last November, someone posted a video of a landing airplane shot from a drone, which prompted an investigation by Canada’s transportation agency.
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